I am a sudo user to a remote node (ubuntu 20.04). My role is to facilitate multiple users of the node by generating their credentials. I downloaded RDP and remote desktop for them.

However, none of them is able to download any software or package whatsoever (E.g., IntelliJ). neither from the Software Centre nor through the command line. They require the root password for the same; which I cannot give to them. Also, downloading software as a sudo every time someone needs a new software is not feasible.

What to do?

  • Downloading software do not need root permissions in ubuntu 20.04. You tried it? Jan 12 at 11:15
  • Yes. Intellij asks for the password. 'Authentication Required' 'Authentication is required to install, update, or remove packages.' Jan 12 at 11:17
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    This is not how Ubuntu works. You should install the software (say intelliJ) once and all the users will have access to it. Ubuntu won't allow 10 users to install the same software 10 times in 10 different places. When you use the software repositories or a deb file, Ubuntu will only install a software in a very specific way at a specific location. That's why authentication is required.
    – user68186
    Jan 12 at 11:27
  • @user68186 Thank you for the clean explanation. Is it the same for every repository? Jan 12 at 11:34
  • Does this answer your question? Installing packages into local directory?
    – user68186
    Jan 12 at 11:36


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